The Odyssey, the starting point of western literature, and the epic story of the Greek hero Odysseus takes place (at least one part of it) on the island of Mljet (Ogygia).
After the Trojan wars Odysseus and his men sat sail back for Greece.
A trip that would take 10 years, was it not for Odysseus’s tragic fate and his crew.
Suffering many tragedies on his way back home from the wars, Odysseus finds himself a lone survivor and stranded after a storm.
Drifting for 9 days he stumbles upon the nymph Calypso, daughter of the Titan Atlas, who is imprisoned on the island of Ogygia, the island of Mljet today.
The nymph falls madly in love with Odysseus and takes him to her cave where he spends the next 7 years with her.
Calypso’s name means to conceal. She is the one who diverts men from their goals.
Even though she succeeded in seducing Odysseus, she only manages to hold him for 7 years before Athena steps in and asks Zeus to save Odysseus.
Odysseus’s story is a fitting one for an Island such as Mljet. Just like Calypso the island is beautiful, but with its still largely untamed nature it hides many beautiful secrets, such as Odysseus’s cave (ask us at Danielis Yachting to organize a trip for you), and many many more.
But unlike Odysseus You don’t have to wait 7 years to explore them.